NSIC to celebrate 25th Anniversary in 2016-17

NSIC to celebrate 25th Anniversary in 2016-17
Friday, July 1, 2016
NSIC to celebrate 25th Anniversary in 2016-17

BURNSVILLE, Minn. -- The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) is excited to announce that it will celebrate its 25th Anniversary during the 2016-17 academic year. The year-long celebration will lead up to July 1, 2017 when the league will turn 25 years old. As part of the event, the NSIC has unveiled its 25th Anniversary logo, which will be used as the league's official logo during the next 12 months.

On July 1, 1992 the NSIC became a true athletic showcase for both men and women with the merger of the Northern Intercollegiate Conference (NIC) formed in 1932, and the Northern Sun Conference (NSC), the home of women's athletics since 1979. From its modest origin as a six-team alliance over eight decades ago, the NSIC has matured into a 16-team union of upper Midwest colleges and universities to form arguably the strongest affiliation in NCAA Division II.

"We are excited to celebrate the student-athletes, coaches and administrators who helped mold the NSIC into the elite conference it is today. The NSIC has seen remarkable success in the past 25 years and we look forward to seeing what the next 25 years will bring", said NSIC Commissioner Erin Lind.

During the 2016-17 academic year, the NSIC will celebrate with a variety of engaging campaigns that will highlight NSIC greats and well as enhance the student-athlete experience. The league created a historical video, featuring accomplishments of the NSIC during the past quarter century which will be unveiled at the NSIC Hall of Fame banquet on Tuesday, July 12. Student-athletes participating in NSIC Championships will receive a gift with the NSIC 25th Anniversary logo, while celebratory memorabilia will be given to institution administrators and conference partners. Each institution will create an "outstanding alumni feature", which will be showcased on the Northern Sun Experience on Midco Sports Network throughout the year. The league will also have Fun Fact Fridays, a social media campaign which will display fun facts from the history of the NSIC using the hashtag #NSICFunFact. Finally, the NSIC Top 25 Teams will be revealed. One male and one female student-athlete will be released each week over 25 weeks, resulting in the NSIC Top 25 teams. The teams were selected by the NSIC Office, with input from each member institution. The NSIC Top 25 teams include an athlete from each NSIC sponsored sport with the remaining spots filled with at-large bids. Criteria for each sport was used to select the top athletes that competed in the NSIC since its inception in the summer of 1992.

The league will also unveil the NSIC Elite 18 Award. The honor, similar to the NCAA Elite 90 Award, recognizes the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the final site for each of the NSIC's 18 championships.

Stay tuned to NorthernSun.org for continued coverage of the conference's 25th Anniversary celebration, as well as the league's official Twitter account, @NorthernSunConf, with the trending hashtag, #NSIC25th.

More about the NSIC
The NSIC can trace its roots to 1932 when six schools, including Bemidji State University, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minnesota State University Moorhead, St. Cloud State University, University of Minnesota Duluth and Winona State University signed on as charter members. All remain active subscribers of the league today.

Southwest Minnesota State University was added in 1969, followed by Northern State University in 1978, Wayne State College (NE) in 1998, Concordia University-St. Paul and the University of Minnesota Crookston in 1999, the University of Mary and Upper Iowa University in 2006, Augustana University in 2008 and Minot State University and the University of Sioux Falls in 2012. The University of Minnesota, Morris and Michigan Tech University were once part of the NSIC family as well.

Before NSIC affiliates became certified for championship competition in the NCAA in 1995, its member institutions filled prominent roles in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). NIC and NSC clubs annually dispatched qualified student-athletes to national tournaments and captured several NAIA teams and individual championships.

Courtesy of NSIC Media Relations